Teachers, Minister Split Over Reopening of South African Schools

Protesting teachers have called on the education department to review its decision to reopen schools as the country faces a peak in COVID-19 infection rates. This came ahead of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga welcoming a 98% attendance rate at institutions. Motshekga said: "Parents have responded. The very people who are directly affected are supporting the move. They would have not sent 98% of their children to school if they were in doubt of the rationality of reopening schools."


Yolanda Jackson, a teacher at Portia Primary, said that she wants schools to only be fully open once the “peak” is over in the Western Cape.

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